• Annik Moyal-Waldman, M.Ed

The Paradigm Shift

Updated: May 30, 2020



A number of years ago, my family and I were sorting through various boxes, following our move to Vancouver Island, BC. I asked my spouse, ‘Know where the telephone directory is?” He responded, “We don’t have one. Not yet’.

Prodded by the perplexed look on my face, he continued: ‘Get this! It’ll take up to two months to receive a directory.’

It would be two months before we’d have a telephone directory delivered to our new home.

“Two months?!!”, I exclaimed. ‘In two months, we’ll have already settled in. How will we locate a new hairstylist? The number for the recycling of our moving boxes and cartons? The extensive range of personal and professional services we need at our fingertips? Don’t fingers do the walking anymore? How will we get acquainted with our new area of residence, without this trusted resource which we’ve always relied upon?’

Now, it was his turn to look perplexed.

So, by this point, I’m scrounging around, scheming all kinds of ways of procuring a telephone directory, right? First, I contemplate calling our local phone centre. Then, I mull over whether to beg for a spare at our local walk-in clinic. Finally, I consider whether to resort to stealing a directory from someplace.

Silly, I know.

But truly, what else could I do but simply LET GO and surrender?

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